Mid Valley news: Fifty-Plus Expo comes to Hood River County Fair this summer

I know it’s been a few months (or six), but rest assured, the Odell community column really does still exist. Grab your calendar — there’s a lot going on in our little community over the next few weeks.

Odell’s Gorge Grown Mercado del Valle returns to Mid Valley Elementary School June 20, from 3-6 p.m. in the covered area of the playground. New at the market this year is the Power of Produce — or POP — program, where kids get $2 in tokens to spend on fruits and vegetables from vendors.

Also new this year is an expanded SNAP Match program; those who use $10 in EBT (food stamps) at the market will receive an additional $10, for a combined total of $20 to spend on local food.

The market will feature fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, prepared food, art, kids’ activities and live music; SNAP, WIC and debit cards are accepted. Mercado del Valle will run on Saturdays through Sept. 26.

The Odell Garden Club is hosting a free workshop on June 30 to help Hood River County residents and youth in grades K-12 learn how to do floral designs, enter horticulture, and fill out entry tags for the upcoming Hood River County Fair. There will also be a booth on fruit and vegetable contests.

“There will be demonstrations of how to do a line design, line mass design and a creative line design,” said club president Norma Curtis. “This can be used with many of the Design Classes in the Hood River County fair book.”

Plant material will be available for participants to use to make designs with Garden Club instructors.

Children and youth are particularly encouraged to attend.

The workshop will be held in the Community Building at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information or to register, contact Curtis at nlcurtis@hrecn.net or 541-806-1019. While the workshop is free, tickets will be available for purchase to win a variety of containers, educational books and “country store items.”

The Hood River County Fair takes place July 22-25 — and has been named “Best in Oregon.” You’ll find entertainment, kid and adult activities, exhibits and displays, exotic animals, horses and livestock, carnival and midway rides and games, flowers, vendor booths and food.

Wednesday’s opening will include the first-ever 50 Plus Expo in one of the Wy’east gyms, scheduled to coincide with Seniors Day at the fair. Booths will cover a wide variety products, services and information for adults over 50. Admission is free with your fair entry. Look for more information in upcoming News issues.

The annual Fourth of July parade through downtown Odell begins at 4 p.m., with parade lineup at Mid Valley Elementary at 3:30. The parade will again be sponsored by Gorge Goodtimers Snowmobile Club.

For more information, contact Jean Stone at 541-490-1901.

The Odell Lioness Club’s annual May Basket was won by Jan Veldhuisen Virk of Hood River. Group members collected nearly $2,000 in items from local merchants, including hats from Pistil, luggage from DaKine, and several restaurant gift certificates. The items filled not one, but three baskets.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets goes towards scholarships for two Hood River Valley High School girls, Lions Club charities, and many local causes.

If you have an item for the column, please send it to Trisha at twalker@hoodrivernews.com or call at 541-386-1234.

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